Self-appraisal

“I used to be a champ at unrealistic self-appraisal. I wanted to look only at the part of my life which seemed good. Then I would greatly exaggerate whatever virtues I supposed I had attained. Next I would congratulate myself on the grand job I was doing. So my unconscious self-deception never failed to turn my few good assets into serious liabilities. This astonishing process was always a pleasant one. . . I was falling straight back into the pattern of my drinking days. . . I shall forever regret the damage I did to people around me. Indeed, I still tremble when I realize what I might have done to AA and to its future.”
Bill W., June 1961
1988AAGrapevine, The Language of the Heart, pp. 256-7

Thought to Consider . . .

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
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Vision

“Vision is, I think, the ability to make good estimates, both for the immediate and for the more distant future. Some might feel this sort of striving to be a sort of heresy, because we AA’s are constantly telling ourselves, ‘One day at a time.’ But that valuable principle really refers to our mental and emotional lives and means chiefly that we are not foolishly to repine over the past nor wishfully to day-dream about the future. . . Vision is therefore the very essence of prudence, an essential virtue if ever there was one.”
Bill W., 1962
1962AAWS
Twelve Concepts for World Service, 26th Printing, p. 40

Thought to Consider . . .

The road to recovery is always under construction.

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O D A A T = One Day At A Time Continue reading “Vision”

Change

“How many of us would presume to declare, ‘Well, I’m sober and I’m happy. What more can I want or do? I’m fine the way I am.’ We know that the price of such self-satisfaction is an inevitable backslide, punctuated at some point by a very rude awakening. We have to grow or else deteriorate. For us, the status quo can only be for today, never for tomorrow. Change we must; we cannot stand still.”
Bill W., AA Grapevine, February 1961
As Bill Sees It, p. 25

Thought to Consider . . .

There is no progress without change.
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P A C E = Positive Attitudes Change Everything Continue reading “Change”

Peace of Mind

“AA has taught me that I will have peace of mind in exact proportion to the peace of mind I bring into the lives of other people, and it has taught me the true meaning of the admonition ‘happy are ye who know these things and do them.’ For the only problems I have now are those I create when I break out in a rash of self-will.”
197AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 551

Thought to Consider . . .

I never imagined that the greatest achievement of my life would be peace of mind.
**AACRONYMS**

P E A C E = Providing Experienced Attitude Changes Every day. Continue reading “Peace of Mind”

Anonymity

“And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.”
Tradition Twelve – the Long Form
1976AAWS Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 567-568

Thought to Consider . . .

Walk softly and carry a Big Book.

AACRONYMS

A N O N Y M O U S =
Actions, Not Our Names, Yield Maintenance Of Unity and Service. Continue reading “Anonymity”

Hangovers

“When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday’s and sometimes today’s excesses of negative emotion – anger, fear, jealousy, and the like. If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these hangovers.”
1952AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 88

Thought to Consider . . .

I’d rather be better than bitter.
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